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June 2004, Issue #54



EIESC Meeting at JCDL
June 2004 -- Please join the Educational Impact and Evaluation Standing Committee for their meeting at JCDL. The meeting will be located at the Hilton El Conquistador (conference hotel) in Tucson, Monday, June 7 from 5-7 pm. The EIESC will give updates on current and previous activities as well as an overview of upcoming activities, including the Webmetrics Workshop in August. Please contact Casey Jones ( with any questions.
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GROW Digital Library at the Legislative Staff Briefing
June 2004 -- A Demonstration of the New Bridge Between Math, Science, and Education and the GROW Digital Library at the Legislative Staff Briefing
Kaye Howe, Principal Investigator of the NSDL for the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research and Director of NSDL's Core Integration Team, and William Y. Arms, Co-Director of the Information Science Program and Professor in the Computer Science Department at Cornell University, and the Cornell Principal Investigator for the National Science Digital Library briefed legislative staff at a luncheon on Capital Hill in Washington on May 20. Muniram Budhu and Gillian O'Brien, an undergraduate in geological engineering, University of Arizona, joined them to present UA's GROW Digital Library Project. Ms. Varnelle Moore, Kindergarten teacher in the School District of Philadelphia who works with the Math Forum at Drexel University explained how students learn in her classroom using NSDL resources.

GROW (Geotechnical, Rock and Water Resources Library) is a portal web site that directs readers to civil-engineering-related web sites that have been reviewed for content and accuracy by the GROW committee. The GROW site also includes animated labs, interactive course work, videos of engineering labs and other resources.
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2004 NSDL Annual Meeting Overview: Designing Strategies for Success

An update on program and logistics for the next NSDL all-community meeting is now available at

Meeting Dates: Monday, Nov 15 - Wednesday, Nov 17
New Projects' Orientation: Afternoon of Sunday, Nov 14
Location: Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois
Meeting Theme: Designing Strategies for Success
Call for Proposals: June 4, 2004 at
Proposal Deadline: August 6, 2004
Presenter Notification: August 20, 2004
Meeting / Poster Registration Available: June 25, 2004
Hotel Reservation Deadline: October 15, 2004
Meeting / Poster Registration Deadline: October 22, 2004
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NSF/NSDL Webmetrics Workshop
June 2004 -- A 2-day Webmetrics Workshop, jointly sponsored by the Educational Impact and Evaluation Standing Committee and the Technology Standing Committee will be held in Costa Mesa, CA on August 2-3. The workshop will explore explore 1) How people are using NSDL and 2) What technology issues are involved in determining usage. Participants will join in making recommendations during the workshop and in post-workshop data-gathering and research activities. All interested members of the NSDL community are invited to attend.

To be considered for this workshop, please send a brief (1-2 page) statement to Casey Jones ( by June 4 about topics that you want to see included in discussions, indication of your project's experiences with Webmetrics, and indication of the special background you bring to Webmetrics. More information, including a tentative agenda, is available on the Webmetrics web page on the NSDL Communications Portal at
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Upcoming Conference Paper and Registration Deadlines
European Conference on Digital Libraries (ECDL) 2004
September 12-17 2004, University of Bath, UK
Full papers, panels, tutorials, and workshop proposals: April 5, 2004
Posters and demonstrations: May 19, 2004
Final submission date: June 11, 2004

Thirty Eighth Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
January 3-6, 2005, Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort, Hawaii
Contact Minitrack Chairs: March 31, 2004
Paper submission: June 15, 2004
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Upcoming Conference Dates
MathFest 2004: MAA's Annual Summer Meeting
August 12-14, Providence, RI
Registration deadlines: June 30, early bird; After June 30, regular

228th ACS National Meeting
August 22-26, 2004, Philadelphia, PA
Registration opens June 1, 2004

2004 ALA Annual Conference
June 26-29, 2004
Registration will be available on site.

ASEE 2004 Annual Conference and Exposition
June 20-23, 2004, Salt Lake City, Utah
Registration will be available on site.
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The Next Generation of Educational Engagement -
June 2004 -- Diana G. Oblinger, NSF NSDL National Visiting Committee, has written a paper about games as the next generation of educational engagement. While the interactivity and engagement of games are highly positive a number of questions remain about how games will be developed, deployed and accepted in higher education.
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JIME Special Issue: Educational Semantic Web -
June 2004 -- The Educational Semantic Web provides a theme around which many futures and technological applications can be crafted. This Special Issue of JIME is an interactive, peer and public reviewed expos?, in academic terms, of the future of the Educational Semantic Web.... featuring nine papers by invited, internationally renowned authors who have previously written about the effect of technology on education, learning and scholarship.
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Usability University -
June 2004 -- The General Services Administration (GSA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are sponsoring a new, comprehensive usability training program called Usability University. Usability University will offer federal staff, federal contractors, and other interested parties a variety of user experience training opportunities including free seminars and in-depth courses at nominal rates. The purpose of the University is to share, promote, and demonstrate usability policies, methods, research, and best practices to improve the usability of federal Web sites and other communication technologies. These seminars and courses are designed to provide current, hands-on, practical training for Web developers, editors, content managers, marketing staff, and others.
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The Apple Workgroup Cluster for Bioinformatics Award Program
June 2004 -- Apple is seeking five of America's most important, innovative and visionary scientific research projects that would benefit from a turnkey, high-performance computational cluster.
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June 2004 -- Former U.S. President Bill Clinton called for the ultimate social network, "a more perfect union," on May 31 as Cornell University's Senior Convocation speaker. He believes that extending the founding father's vision beyond national borders to all humanity will result in a world with more friends and fewer terrorists.
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